Kesar Badam is a flavor combination in Indian desserts. How about using a classic flavor combination in our everyday breakfast? Let us make some Kesar Badam Overnight oats!
Rolled oats- Like the name suggests, this recipe uses old-fashioned rolled oats. You can read about why rolled oats is the ideal choice for making overnight oats in our mixed berry overnight oats recipe.
Milk- I have used almond milk to make this desi version of overnight oats. You can always use other nut milks or even regular dairy milk in place of the almond milk.
Bananas- Mashed banana lends a nice texture, a mild sweetness and body to our Kesar Badam overnight oats. You can also use other fruits like mashed mangoes in place of the bananas to make more variations of this desi oatmeal.
Aromatics- Intensely sweet and aromatic cardamom combines with delicate saffron in this overnight oats. This flavor combination makes it so similar to a rich Indian dessert without all the sugar overload. In the end, we have this healthy saffron-infused treat that reminds us of kheer.
Nuts- We love all sorts of nuts in our family. My daughter is crazy about almonds. In this easy no-cook breakfast recipe, I have used a combination of almonds and walnuts. Cashews and pistachios work well too.
Benefits of Saffron
Saffron is a priced aromatic in most parts of the world. Kashmiri Saffron and Spanish saffron are most sought after. What many people do not know is that saffron has a naturally calming effect. This helps in relieving anxiety. It is also helpful for people who have depression and other mental health issues. Studies show that saffron also helps in better sleep. So try including saffron in your diet as often as you can.
Meal Planning and Prep Work
Overnight oats are great to include in a regular meal plan. Because these keep well for upto a week in the fridge, you can prep these over the weekend and you will have a week’s worth breakfast ready.
I use Mason jars to prep my overnight oats. You can also use any fridge-friendly containers. While prepping these in multiple batches, try not to add nuts and seeds. Instead, add the nuts and seeds as a topping in the morning. This way, the nuts and seeds will be crunchy and add a great texture.
To make the saffron flavor shine through, I recommend infusing it with warm almond milk at least for 20 mins before making the overnight oats. Ideally, begin with infusing the milk and saffron. 20 minutes later, proceed with mixing up the ingredients.
If you are worried about consuming the nuts without soaking them, you can also soak the almonds and walnuts for 4 to 5 hours. Then, you can add the soaked nuts to this Kesar Badam overnight oats.
Kesar Badam Overnight Oats- Method
Heat the almond milk gently in a saucepan on low flame. Combine the saffron and warm milk.
Let it sit for 10 minutes to infuse. Add the infused saffron milk, chilled almond milk, maple syrup or honey, cardamom pods to a bowl. Mix well. Now add the mashed banana and nuts to this. Mash the bananas gently with a fork. Stir well to combine. Transfer to a clean glass jar. Let it sit in the fridge overnight. Add nuts as a topping before serving. Enjoy it as a chilled breakfast.
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Kesar Badam Overnight Oats
- Mixing bowl
- Sauce Pan
- ¾ c Rolled oats
- ½ c Sliced banana
- 2 tablespoon warmed almond milk
- 10 strands saffron
- 1.5 c chilled almond milk
- 2 tablespoon Maple syrup
- 5 cardamom pods crushed
- 2 tablespoon almonds
- 10 walnuts
- A few almonds and walnuts
- Gently heat the almond milk until warm in a saucepan on low heat.
- Combine the saffron and warm milk.
- Let it sit for 10 minutes to infuse.
- Add the infused saffron milk, chilled almond milk, maple syrup , cardamom pods to a bowl.
- Mix well.
- Now add the banana and nuts to this.
- Mash the banana slices gently using a fork.
- Stir well to combine.
- Transfer to a clean glass jar.
- Let it sit in the fridge overnight.
- Add nuts as a topping before serving.
- Enjoy it as a chilled breakfast.